Call for Expressions of Interest:

 

CONSULTANT FOR MID-TERM REVIEW OF YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND INCLUSION PROGRAM

 

Plan invites Expressions of Interest from appropriately qualified and experienced consultants for this Mid-Term Review. The full ToR for the Mid-Term Review can be found further down this message.

 

Experience and qualifications

 

  • Substantial experience in evaluation using both participatory and qualitative approaches and quantitative methods
  • Experience in youth programming an advantage
  • Background in practical development Program management
  • Knowledge of global youth, human rights and disability rights issues, research and experiences
  • Knowledge of situation of young people in Timor Leste an advantage
  • Fluency in Tetun a major advantage
  • Gender and child rights analysis skills.
  • Must write in clear, “plain English”

 

Timing:  We estimate 20-22 days will be required. We prefer the Evaluation begins in March 2015.

 

To submit an EoI

Please submit the following for comparison and evaluation. 

 

  1. Outline proposal, and suggested changes to ToR, if any
  2. Past experience of similar reviews/evaluations
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Details of three professional referees
  5. Detailed time lines for work
  6. Budget, including daily rate
  7. Cover letter

Send proposals either through email to info.timorleste@plan-international.org or by hand delivery in a sealed envelope to Plan’s office at Bairo dos Grilhos, Dili, Timor Leste

 

CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 18th February 2015

 

FOR ALL PLAN POSITIONS AND CONSULTANCIES…

  • Strong ICT skills, including Word, Excel and e-communications, are essential
  • Strong commitment to the equal rights and participation of girls and women is essential
  • Strong commitment to the Rights of the Child is essential
  • Plan does not tolerate child abuse. All Plan staff and consultants are selected and employed in line with the conditions of Plan’s Child Protection Policy. These include appropriate reference and background checks.
  • Applications will not be acknowledged. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted. No correspondence or telephone calls will be entered into, unless initiated by Plan
  • Short listed candidates may be required to attend panel interviews and other selection procedures.

 

 

 

Plan International in Timor Leste

 

Consultant Terms of Reference Mid-Term Review of the Program for

 

Youth Empowerment and Inclusion of Marginalized Youth in the Economic and Political development of Timor- Leste

 

 

 

Background on Plan                    

 

Plan International, Inc is an international humanitarian, child-centre community development organization without religious, political or governmental affiliation, to bring about positive change in the lives of children’s and young people through  a process community development. Plan, one of the world’s largest INGOs, works with children and poor communities in more than 50 developing countries for the promotion of children’s rights in the fields of child protection, participation, sexual and reproductive health, economic security, education, health, water and sanitation and emergency assistance with a strong commitment to gender equity, inclusion of all ethnic groups and children with disabilities. Visit www.plan-international.org

 

 

Background on the Youth Empowerment and Inclusion of Marginalized Youth in the Economic and Political development of Timor- Leste Program

 

The Youth Empowerment Program built on experiences gained from implementing Plan Timor –Leste’s Youth Livelihoods and Youth Participation program in Lautem and Aileu Districts between 2007 – 2011. The  action “Empowerment and inclusion of marginalized youth in the economic and political development of Timor-Leste” aims to build the capacity of Non State Actors (NSA) and local youth organizations in order to strengthen their voice in the development process and to advance political, social and economic dialogue. The overall objective of this action is that Timorese young women and men, including the most marginalized, participate in decision-making, realize their economic rights and promote peace and social equality. Through this action, Timorese youth will be empowered to realize their own potential as both rights holders and current/future duty bearers in Timor-Leste and to play a critical role in the sustainable development of their country.

 

The specific objective that “Timorese youth participate in the political development of their communities and have improved access to employment opportunities and training services” was intended to be pursued by a twin-track approach: Firstly, with experienced local NGOs as facilitators and master trainers, the Program would work with youth leaders and district-based CSOs to develop the capacity of vulnerable youth to both demand and realize their rights to political participation and economic security as well as supporting an enabling environment at community level so that the duty bearers provide space for youth participation. Secondly the Program would address the priority issue for youth of economic security, expressed as the need for jobs, training and economic opportunities.

 

The Program is funded by European Union (EU) and Plan Germany (GNO)

 

 

 

Purpose of the Review

 

The objective of the review is to take stock of progress that has been made against the Program implementation plan, and to use this information for strategic decisions about the remaining one and half of the current 3 year phase. It will be a strategic reflection on work that has been completed, the effectiveness and outcomes of the various interventions, and an analysis of how current model and interventions might be supplemented or adapted to fill in any gaps. The results should contribute to better informed decision-making, foster an environment of learning by doing and promote accountability for performance.

 

1.1 Objectives of the Mid-Term Review

 

  1. To assess Program progress against intended Results
  2. To assess  the relevance, effectiveness , efficiency and sustainability the Program
  3. To assess of the outcomes of capacity building efforts of Plan and its partner NGO’s for youth CSOs
  4. To provide recommendations on how to improve the Program in its second phase
  5. To assess the strengths and weaknesses of links between Australian and EU funded youth programming

1.2 Scope and focus

The evaluation should address the following questions from Plan’s global Evaluation Policy:

 

  • How consistent is the Program with key aspects of Plan’s Child Centered Community Development approach
  • How consistent is the Program with the local Plan strategy (CSP/regional strategy)
  • How well has the internal monitoring system contributed to the evaluation and to ongoing Program implementation?
  • How appropriate was the original Program/Program design for achieving the results that were originally expected?
  • How much has the Program/Program cost to date?
  • Approximately how many people has the Program/Program reached?

 

In addition the evaluation should focus on the following aspects…………..

 

2.1 Relevance

 

To what extent were the planned program results relevant to the context and needs?

 

Suggested questions to address

 

  • Does the Youth Empowerment Program target the right young people to attend training activities?
  • Is the training content appropriate for the particular needs of the vulnerable youth in Aileu district?
  • How do youth, stakeholders and community at large perceive the Youth Empowerment program?
  • Does the program involve more vulnerable young people such as young people with disabilities or living in very remote areas?

2.2   Progress against intended Results

  • How effective has the program been in achieving its intended results?

 

Suggested questions to address:

 

  • What has been the progress made towards achievement of expected activities ad results of all Program components?
  • What have been the changes in youth knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behavior as a result of their participation in this program?
  • What have been the changes in youth involvement in their suco and district development processes as a result of their participation in this program?
  • What have been the changes in duty bearers’ knowledge, skills, attitudes and behavior as a result of their interaction with this program?
  • Are mechanism and M&E tools in place to tract the Program’s achievements, both short and long term, so that expected results related to outcomes and impact can be measured towards the end of the Program? To what extend?
  • Are there any unanticipated outcomes (both positive and negative) so far?  What real change been noted so far within the participants and the communities that the program has been working in?
  • What are the outcomes in terms of employment and/or self-employment for graduates of vocational training in hospitality, business administration and Rural WASH (detailed, disaggregated data required)

 

 

2.3 Efficiency and effectiveness

 

  • How efficiently has the Program been implemented and managed?

 

Suggested questions to address:

 

  • How efficient and effective has the Program been in strengthening local civil society partners?
  • How efficient and effective have the civil society partners been in achieving the Program’s objectives
  • How well did Plan select and manage the relationship with partners?
  • How effective was monitoring of progress towards results?
  • How effective was direct implementation of Program activities by Plan staff?

 

2.4 Equality and Non-Discrimination

 

Suggested questions to address:

 

  • Who benefits from the program?  Who doesn’t and why?
  • Does the program promote inclusion, especially of the most vulnerable and most marginalized, including youth with disability (both male and female)? If not, why?
  • What needs to change to contribute to greater equality and non-discrimination?

 

 

2.5 Sustainability

 

How sustainable and enduring are the outcomes of the program likely to be?

 

Suggested questions to address:

 

  • If there have been changes in practice by young people and communities how sustainable are they likely to be?
  • Is there some capacity/skills growth   among the young people or youth trainers?
  • What were the major factors which influenced the achievement or non – achievement of sustainability of the program?
  •  How sustainable   are the partners such as FTM , Youth Council and the training centers ( STVJ Camea, Comoro and Don Bosco training Center)

 

 

  1. Target Audience of the evaluation:

 

  • Plan management in Timor Leste and Australia
  • Plan’s Asia Regional Office and Plan Germany
  • Youth CBOs
  • Plan local partners in Timor Leste: ( FTM, Youth Council, STVJ Camea, STVJ Comoro, Don Bosco training Center)
  • National and local Government: ( n.b. SEFOPE  and IADE and District administration in Aileu)

 

Note: we will produce a short “reader-friendly” version of the findings in Tetun

 

  1. Suggested Methodology:

 

The evaluator should mainly use participatory approaches and qualitative methodologies, though with quantitative data on post-training employment.  The evaluator should pay particular attention to consulting the young women, youth leaders; youth led CBO’s, Youth Council, local leaders and vulnerable youth

 

 

  1. Consultant tasks:

 

  • Development of evaluation tools
  • Desk review of data and information related to the program, particularly MoUs, annual plans and reports
  • Collect primary data from the program implementers and target groups through observations, interviews and focus group discussions. Summarize and analyze the findings. This included (a) field visits to Aileu District to collect data from youth, Youth leaders, Youth CBO’s, local leaders and community. (b) discussion and interview with local partners  and training centers  such as: FTM, Youth Council, STVJ Camea, STVJ Comoro and Don Bosco training Center; (c) Discussion with Government institution  such as SEFOPE and IADE ;(d)  discussion with  current Plan staff NB in all interviews, FGDs etc the evaluator should seek recommendations for the future program as well as reflections on the past.
  • Present a draft report at a consultation meeting involving key stakeholders to discuss key findings, recommendations and future actions.
  • Prepare a final report with comments, suggestion from the consultation meeting, archive of reference documents, presentations and minutes of consultation meeting

 

  1. The expected outputs:

 

  • Evaluation proposal and field work plan with methodology of the data collection
  • Draft and final MTR reports highlighting main findings and analysis, major achievements, lessons learnt expected and unexpected changes.
  • Very importantly, recommendations for planning and design of the next phase of the Program
  • Final report with comments, suggestion from the consultation meeting, archive of reference documents, presentations and minutes of consultation meeting

 

 

  1. Supervisor of the evaluation process:

 

  • Etha Mota, YE4SD Manager
  • With close involvement of Virgilia Cabral, Youth Coordinator , Celia Vidigal , M&E assistant  and Terence McCaughan, Country Director

 

 

  1. Format of the Report:

 

The report shall not exceed 25 pages (excluding appendices), which includes:

o    Executive summary

o    Description of the program’s achievements at the time of review

  • Estimated coverage (area and beneficiaries)
  • Details of the objectives and results achieved
  • Other unexpected significant changes

o    Description of program’s implementation history

o    Report on

  • relevance and quality of the program design
  • effectiveness and efficiency
  • progress against intended results
  • sustainability
  • crosscutting aspects (gender, inclusion)

 

o    Note: include the following topics in the review of efficiency

  • management structure for the program
  • monitoring system
  • experience with formal partnerships (i.e. where Plan provides funding)
  • identify other (existing and potential) Plan activities which add synergy to the program

o    Lessons learned and recommendations

 

 

 

Time frame:

 

The duration of the evaluation is between 20-22 days from (date to be discussed, March 2015 preferred) .

 

  1. Consultant’s qualifications and experience summary:

 

  • Substantial experience in evaluation using both participatory and qualitative approaches and quantitative methods
  • Experience in youth programming an advantage
  • Background in practical development Program management
  • Knowledge of global youth, human rights and disability rights issues, research and experiences
  • Knowledge of situation of young people in Timor Leste an advantage
  • Fluency in Tetun a major advantage
  • Gender and child rights analysis skills.
  • Must write in clear, “plain English”

 

12    Submission of Proposals

The individual/agency will have to submit the following for comparison and evaluation. 

 

  1. Outline proposal, and suggested changes to ToR, if any
  2. Past experience of similar work
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Details of three professional referees
  5. Detailed time lines for work
  6. Budget, including daily rate

 

Last date for submission of proposal:  18 February 2015

Send proposals either through email to info.timorleste@plan-international.org or by hand delivery in a sealed envelope to Plan’s office at Bairo dos Grilhos, Dili, Timor Leste